What an action packed week for tech! Matthew gets his new iPhone, VW gets in trouble with the EPA, Smule sues some former employees, Oculus held their developer conference, Pebble came out with a new watch, Microsoft released Office 2016, and Apple’s App store got hacked. Check below for all the details and links.
Matthew joins us after running a Tough Mudder and getting virtually zero sleep the day/night before. Still, we soldier on and cover all of Facebook’s latest plans to take over the Internet. The crazy part: we think it just might work.
This week we talk about Interstellar, Google updates to material design with Inbox, Calendar, Maps and Lollipop, Flite Test makes a hellicarrier, Taylor Swift pulls her music from Spotify, Microsoft releases Word, Excel & PowerPoint on iOS the way it should be, Core Gamers are now mobile gamers, Amazon Prime allows unlimited photo storage and the ability to buy Echo on discount, Nest updates and goes free in Ireland, Apple Pay drives Google Wallet usage, OnBeep enables 2-way communication over wi-fi, and Mark Zuckerberg puts on an AMA.
- T Swift Pulled Her Catalog From Spotify
- Why She Did It
- Core Gamers Aren’t Really The Core Of Gaming Anymore
- A new day for Google Calendar
- Google Maps: Your best accessory this season
- Android 5.0 Lollipop preview: Google’s biggest mobile update in years
- Microsoft Teams Up With Dropbox
- Amazon Wants All Your Photos
- Google’s Nest thermostat becomes a faster learner with major software update
- Google just removed the biggest obstacle to its real-world surveillance system’s spread
- This Dude Made A Drone That Launches Drones. I Have Dreamt Of This Day
- Apple Pay Causes Dramatic Increase In Google Wallet Usage
- Why Apple Drives Adoption Cross Platform
- OnBeep launches Onyx, a simple wearable two-way voice communication device that pairs with your smartphone
- Amazon Launches Echo
- Amazon Wants One Click To Become No Click
- The new Office for iPhone is everything it should have been on day one
- Mark Zuckerberg’s AMA: Messaging app, his favorite unreleased features and Social Network movie
One clear path to growth is to buy another company and integrate them into what you’re already doing. This week included many interesting acquisitions: Disney bought Maker, Intel bought Basis Band, and Facebook bought Oculus.
In other news, Microsoft brought Office to the iPad, Apple wants to bring cable TV to Apple TV, Google might let Oakley and Ray-Band design their glasses, and Tesla continues to fight the state-by-state car selling fight.
- Apple Is Putting Together A Team Of Cable Insiders To Negotiate A TV Deal
- This Dude Doesn’t Think It’ll Happen Because There’s A lot of Cost And No Upside For Comcast
- Disney Acquires Maker
- Google Inks Deal With Oakley and Ray-Band for Glass
- Facebook Bought Oculus VR
- The Hardware Land Grab Is On
- The Creator Of “Doom” And “Quake” Now Works For Mark Zuckerberg
- Facebook has Failed To Own The Mobile Gaming Market, Oculus VR Will Help Them Catch The Next Wave
- Notch Cancels Mincraft For Rift
- The Deal Happened Over The Course Of 5 Days
- Facebook Missed Making a Mobile OS, They Won’t Miss The Next Opportunity
- Valves VR Expert Jumps Ship To Oculus After Facebook Acquisition
- Sony’s VR Advantage
- Intel bought Basis Science Maker of the Basis Band
- Microsoft Launches Office For iOS
- The First Quick Review
- Tesla Strikes Agreement in Ohio To Sell Teslas
If your goal is to make money, look elsewhere.
James shares the product he’s been working on for HP.
We also talk about Apple’s SSL bug, Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp, Pandora’s profit problem, the next steps for Google Fiber, BBVA’s purchase of Simple, playing Zelda on the Oculus Rift, the Comcast and Netflix agreement, and the disappoint that is Microsoft Office 2013.
- HP 1200W NFC/Wireless Mobile Print Accessory
- All Music Subscription Services Are Losing Money… And There’s No Clear Roadmap to Solvency
- Official Press Release: Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp
- Zuck’s Official Announcement
- Whatsapp and $19bn
- Mobile in the ‘pre-pagerank’ phase
- The Focus On And Of WhatsApp
- Why Facebook Dropped $19B On WhatsApp: Reach Into Europe, Emerging Markets
- Google Plans to Expand Fiber to 34 Additional US Cities
- Banking Startup Simple Acquired For $117M, Will Continue To Operate Separately
- The Apple Bug
- Zelda VR: Only For Oculus Rift
- Netflix Deal To Send Traffic Directly With Comcast
Episode 59! Office for iOS & Android, DC Comics for Kindle & iBooks, self-driving cars for D.C., *Big Data win for Obama, *Orca fail whale for Romney, and Windows Phone 8 for Matthew.
- Regulation for self-driving cars in DC
- Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad, and Android revealed
- Inside the Secret World of the Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win
- Killer fail: how Romney’s broken Orca app cost him thousands of votes
- DC Comics Announces Deals To Sell Digital Comics In Big Three E-Bookstores
It’s episode 42 fellow hitchhikers! It turns out that HP’s parts are worth more than the whole, NYC begins upgrading pay phones to wi-fi hotspots, Deron Williams signs his $100 million deal on an iPad, it might only cost Google $152 to make the Nexus 7, and Digg officially gets sold.
We also talk about Microsoft buying Perceptive Pixel, Nokia’s path to bankruptcy, Microsoft’s new chassis design for Surface, Apple’s EPEAT debacle, Steam’s new Greenlight & their summer sale, Amazon’s potential new smartphone, RIM’s amazing Twitter campaign, and finally we pine over a potentially new Office suite.
- Microsoft to Acquire Perceptive Pixel Inc.
- HP: The Parts Are Worth More Than The Whole
- Nokia is Finished: Prepare for bankruptcy
- Microsoft is changing Surface’s chassis design on low yields
- Apple ditches Green standards for Retina Display MBP Just kidding…
- What is Steam Greenlight?
- Amazon is testing a Smartphone
- NYC to begin converting old payphones in to military grade Wi-Fi antennas
- At $152 in cost, Google’s Nexus 7 leads way for cheaper tablets
- NBA star uses iPad to sign $100M contract
- BlackBerry’s amazing Twitter Campaign
- Once evaluated at over 160m, Digg just sold for 500k
- Facebook and Twitter had very little to do with Diggs demise compared with the behemoth of Reddit
- In Memoriam: Even in losing, how Digg won
- Bad Decisions brought on by the Steam Summer Sale
- Microsoft expected to unveil update to Office suite
Episode 36! It’s all doom and gloom this week. We start off talking about the end of the Milky Way galaxy, and RIM’s downward spiral. Then we talk about the (new) Chrome OS, the Flame Virus & Stuxnet. We attempt to be positive by talking about Google+ Events and Google’s win over Oracle. An attempt!
Other things we talk about include: Amazon’s instant video on Xbox 360, Facebook’s picture vs Google’s vision, the computer’s ability to assess emotions, prepaid iPhones with Leap Wireless, Apple’s inventory turns, how Samsung’s new mini-computer looks identical to the Mac Mini, Facebook Pages administrative roles, Windows 8 Preview with crippled Flash, SpaceX Dragon awesomeness, Office for iPad coming after the Windows 8 launch, Google’s Map event/joke, NanoSIMs and Ping. Done.
- Next step in the Chrome OS journey and a review
- Amazon Instant Video on Xbox 360
- Flame Virus, Made In America
- Confirmed, America & Israel created Stuxnet and lost control of it
- Picture vs Vision
- Computers Learn to Assess Emotions – Sometimes Better than Humans
- Leap Wireless To Sell Prepaid iPhones & AT&T to move to data only packages
- Apple Turns Over Inventory Every 5 Days
- The new mini-computer from Samsung looks pretty much identical to a mac-mini
- The end of the Milky Way galaxy as we know it?
- Spotted in the wild: Google+ Events feature on its way, with tie-in to Google Calendar
- Facebook Add Administrative Roles for Facebook Pages
- Windows 8 Release Preview: new apps, improvements, and Flash support
- SpaceX Dragon Successfully Returns To Earth
- Google vs Oracle Over. Google Wins Hands Down, Owes Oracle Nothing
- This Weeks RIM Update
- Office For iPad to launch Nov 10.
- Google to hold Maps event ahead of Apple’s switchover at WWDC
- NanoSIM follow up: Nokia says nanoSIM card is inferior, But they’ll still license essential patents
- What Went Wrong With Ping: The Genius of Mark Zuckerberg
Episode 22! Pinterest’s relationship with copyright law is complicated, why Apple will bring Siri to Mountain Lion, Microsoft hates Google Apps, RIM has no motion, America has a spectrum problem, a man gets served on Facebook, there might be an Office for iPad, HP has a tough Q1, there might be a market for core gaming micro-transactions, Google Music struggles, and Matthew bought Minecraft.
- New Code Lets Websites Opt-Out of Pinterest
- Pinterest’s Uneasy Relationship With Copyright Law: What Happens Next
- Why Apple Didn’t Announce Siri for OS X Mountain Lion
- Microsoft’s New attack Ad Taking on Google Apps – hilariously dumb video… with some good points
- Research, No Motion: How the Black Berry CEO’s Lost An Empire
- Playbook Software Update Finally Shows Up… And Fails
- Netflix Has No Intention of Supporting RIM’s Playbook
- America is Running Out of Spectrum, and What We Should Do About It
- Man Gets Served on Facebook, Literally
- What If… (Office For iPad Edition)
- HP Q1 Revenue Down 7 Percent To $30B, Net Income Down 44%, Software Sales Up 30%
- HP Earnings: Top 3 Takeaways
- America’s Missing Link: Core-Focused Free-to-Play
- Classic Corporate Opera: Google Music